Barnardos Mother of the Year NT 2019 winner announced

Melissa Lay has been named Barnardos Mother of the Year NT 2019.

Melissa is a heroine in the eyes of the Northern Territory community. The 48-year-old mother of five children and foster carer to two children also provides emergency foster care for newborns. Currently she has in her care two young siblings who came to her when they were babies.

In 2017, Melissa saved the life of a 15-month-old boy who had drowned at Sanctuary Lakes at Palmerston. She was walking with her family when she saw the toddler lying face-down in the lake, rescued him and began the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that saved his life. Following this experience, she successfully lobbied the Palmerston Council to improve safety around the playground near the lake to ensure a similar accident would not happen again.

Melissa now progresses to the National Ceremony held in Sydney just ahead of Mother’s Day, on 9 May 2019. Melissa will join the other state and territory winners for the announcement of the Barnardos Mother of the Year 2019.

Last updated: 10 April 2019